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Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
855 2nd Street SW
Suite 3500, Bankers Hall East Tower
T2P 4J8
+1 403 260 9600
+1 403 260 9700

Chairman: Brock W. Gibson, QC

Firm Managing Partner: Robert M. Granatstein

Number of partners: 282

Number of lawyers: 607 (includes partners)

Offices: Al-Khobar (associated office), Bahrain, Beijing, Calgary, London, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Shanghai (associated office), Toronto, Vancouver

Languages: Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish

As one of Canada’s top business law firms, Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) provides exceptional legal services to leading businesses in Canada and around the world. It focuses on building long-term relationships with clients. The firm does this by staying true to its guiding principles and providing unparalleled client service and the highest standard of legal advice, always informed by the business context. In the 2014 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Blakes received 29 firm rankings, the highest number across the country, with 25 per cent more Band 1 rankings than any other Canadian firm.


Main areas of practice

Agribusiness: Act for producers, processors, distributors, suppliers, retailers, manufacturers, cooperatives and marketers, crop protection companies, seed companies, dairy breed associations, agricultural fairs, biotechnology, organisations, biofuel production and distribution companies, and animal nutrition companies.

Banking and finance: Regular counsel to most of Canada’s major financial institutions, as well as US, European and other non-Canadian financial services providers.

Communications: Provide strategic counsel to major telecommunications, internet access, wireline telephone service, IPTV cable television companies, and emerging media and entertainment businesses.

Competition: Represent clients to facilitate their strategic objectives in compliance with the Competition Act and Canada’s rules on foreign investment.

Corporate/commercial: Deep experience in negotiating and structuring high-profile and complex private transactions, joint ventures and strategic commercial arrangements across a wide cross-section of industries and markets.

Corporate/M&A: Advise public and private companies in all industries on domestic and international transactions, including associated regulatory, tax and corporate issues.

Energy/natural resources: Adept in oil and gas, renewable energy, electricity, mining and forestry matters.

Environmental: Advise on growth and management strategies while effectively resolving disputes and assuring environmental compliance.

Franchising: Advise franchisors and master franchisees on all aspects of their businesses and franchise systems.

Information technology: Advise on risk management, regulatory compliance, acquisitions of technology companies, IT and business-process outsourcing and procurement arrangements, financing of such companies as well as commercial matters.

Infrastructure/projects: Advise on all aspects of national and international projects involving infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and alternative financing and procurement.

Insolvency/corporate recovery: Advise creditors and debtors alike with expertise in cross-border insolvencies and restructurings.

Intellectual property: Advise on high-value, leading-edge technology patent portfolios and provide strategic counsel to some of the best-known North American and international brands.

International trade: Counsel clients on WTO and NAFTA dispute settlements, free trade negotiations, bilateral investment treaty arbitrations, anti-dumping/countervailing disputes, customs, export/import controls, compliance reviews and audits, NAFTA origin determinations, government procurement appeals, bribery and foreign corrupt practices, trade policy and legislation, sanctions/embargoes and extraterritorial laws.

Litigation: Serve clients across multiple jurisdictions and industry sectors with particular expertise in business crimes, complex commercial disputes, class action defence, competition, constitutional and Charter of Rights, construction, e-discovery, energy, media and defamation, pension and employee benefits, product liability, securities, tax and international commercial arbitration.

Mining: Focused on sophisticated M&A and corporate finance transactions, in addition to advising mining companies on a wide range of commercial, operational and non-transactional matters.

Private equity: Full range of services to funds seeking to invest in, acquire, dispose of or refinance Canadian businesses. Advise on fundraising and fund formation activities.

Procurement: Regularly advise on federal, provincial and municipal transactions. A key player in the drafting of commercial procurement documents and procurement policies.

Real estate: Practice spans real property acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and acquisitions, financing, capital market transactions, real estate investments trusts (REITs), securitisations, leasing, hospitality and recreational properties, development and restructuring.

Tax: Expertise in cross-border M&A, private equity, multi-jurisdictional reorganisations, corporate finance, energy and mining tax, taxation of financial institutions and sales taxes.

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Calgary, Canada

855 2nd Street SW

Montreal, Canada

600 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West

Ottawa, Canada

45 O'Connor St

Toronto, Canada

199 Bay Street, Suite 4000

Vancouver, Canada

595 Burrard Street, PO Box 49314

Beijing, China

7 Dong Sanhuan Zhonglu

London, England

23 College Hill

New York, USA

126 East 56th Street

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